Senior Consultant Danielle Veldman’s passion for community equity and inclusion from grassroots to grass tops has fueled her work experience for close to 10 years. Her engagement within under-served African American, Hispanic, and immigrant communities has provided her the knowledge to identify and understand the root causes for existing disparities and develop program models that support systemic change through inclusion. Before joining IPS, Danielle served as Fund Development Coordinator for Baxter Community Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her time at Baxter she was responsible for grants management, donor relations, and community outreach. She also worked to create results based accountability plans and marketing and communication strategies. One of her key achievements was the development of an urban agriculture program to address existing food and health disparities within underserved communities of color. This innovative and sustainable program has served hundreds of community members over the last 3 years.
Danielle graduated from Calvin College with her B.A. in International Development and Sociology. She has completed professional development courses in results based accountability, grant writing, evaluation, program management, and racial reconciliation. In her spare time she serves on the board of Feeding America West Michigan, is a volunteer mentor in Baxter Community Center’s Mizizi Maji Mentoring program, an active participant in Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation, and co-chair of New City Fellowship’s Multicultural Accessibility Committee.